The Silent Witness Of Creation (Stonehenge, Salisbury)


Sunday September 1, 2019


By: Gilda Pineda Dionela

“Stonehenge” is located on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Brilliant minds and ordinary visitors from all over the world are fascinated by the astounding, gigantic stone monuments that take us back in time to around 5,000 years. The evolutionary model states that Stonehenge was the last edifice built during the Neolithic period, which is between the Stone Age (3.2 million years up to 2000BCE) and the Bronze Age.

The first time I visited Stonehenge, I didn’t even know what those stones were! It looked as though enormous rocks had been scattered everywhere. Huge trilithon (two large stones set upright and horizontal slabs, called ‘lintel’, that formed archways) mesmerized me. Altogether, there are more than 90 stones remaining on the site, some erected on a circular layout and others broken and lying on THE SILENT WITNESS OF CREATION (STONEHENGE, SALISBURY) the ground. My gratitude for the work done by many scientists about Stonehenge, from the 17th Century archaeologist, John Aubrey, to modern day Mike Parker Pearson and his team, for having explained that these are not merely scattered stones. Those stones were originally arranged as an outer circle of upright ‘Sarsens’ with curved lintel stones. Then, the ‘Bluestone’ circle was arranged within the Sarsen circle. Next, there were Sarsens in a horseshoe shape, which were composed of five massive trilithons. Today only three are still standing. The average weight of these massive trilithon sarsen stones average 20 tonnes; the biggest weigh around 40 tonnes and rise to 20 feet. The bluestones weigh around 1 to 3 tonnes. Scientific studies give many theories as to why Stonehenge was built. These include: for healing purposes; as a cemetery; to study the movement of the Sun and Moon; and as a place for celebrations of Midsummer’s Day (the longest day of the year) and Midwinter’s Day (the shortest day of the year).. Despite exhaustive work, the exact purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery.

The Sarsens came from deposits of silcrete on the peak of the Marlborough Downs, 30 kms (18 miles) north of Stonehenge. The Bluestones were from the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which is 290 kms (180 miles) away from Stonehenge. Another aspect that puzzled scientists was: how people built it and managed to transport tonnes of stones from such a great distance in the absence of the advanced technology that we have today. Architects, engineers and astronomers confirm that the calculations made, prior to building Stonehenge, were precise. This only proves one thing: The Bible is accurate in its calculation about Creation. That God created man in His own image. Since the beginning of time, the intellect and skills of mankind already present. There never was a time when humans underwent the stages: from ape, apeman, and finally to man. Nor was there ever a stone age, when men were considered primitive, using stones as their only tools. Stone, bronze and iron were effective tools used simultaneously when God created the heavens and the earth, just as they are in use today. One may be preferred over another, simply due to availability and need.

Genesis 4:22 reads: “Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.” Tubal- Cain was a descendant of Cain and part of the eighth generation from Adam. He lived before Noah’s flood. Bible scholars date Noah’s flood to around 2,348 BC, or around 4,500 years ago. Did Stonehenge survive Noah’s flood? All the continents of the earth are composed of 1.8 kms or 1.118-miledeep sedimentary rocks laid down during the flood, so that any man-made structure had to have been built after the flood, including Stonehenge.

The Creator of Heaven and Earth has a reason why Stonehenge remains standing up to this modern day. He knew the day would come when people believe all sorts of things except Jesus. He foresaw a generation proud enough to insult our first parents and the written Word of God, which He honours above His name (Psalm 138:2).

Despite modern technology no one can tell what Stonehenge is for and how they moved the mountain rock from Wales to England. The result of various analyses conducted by experts can only give possibilities but not the exact story, because they themselves were not there.

Sarsens and Bluestones in Stonehenge are chips of the Earth Crust. The Earth, compared to 200 billion galaxies in the Universe, is just a dot. I am bewildered at how some scientists are brave enough to claim to know the beginning of this vast universe, yet, at the same time deny the existence of the Almighty Living God, when equally intelligent and talented scientists, with the same technology available to them, humbly say Stonehenge is a mystery. If a secular scientist can’t exactly tell the real story about the oldest man made structure in an area covering some 26 kms, how can another group of secular scientists be sure of the beginning of immeasurable galaxies and the exact age of the earth when they were also not present during those times? There are no available documents or evidence to prove the claim. However, the Creation by God was recorded in the Bible. I can hear the voice of God asking out loud in Job 38:4: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” He is asking those who pretend to know the beginning of the universe, who say swirling gas turned into everything else. In the Garden of Eden, when the earth was young, the temptation offered by the serpent was: “Man to disobey God, and man will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). It is evident today that many were tempted and like to be god. 1 Samuel 2:2 says: “There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside. Thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”

THE ETERNAL ROCK

Stonehenge is standing tall, quietly leaving modern science bemused. But how about when stones cry out? Volcanic eruptions not only make terrifying sounds but leave a mark for thousands of years as a memorial. The rocks from Mt. Kilauea, Hualalai, in the Big Island of Hawaii, directly refute the ‘millions of years’ dating commonly used today. Rocks testify to the existence of God. Isaiah 26:4: “Trust in the LORD forever, for in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.”

Why did Isaiah use the metaphor of the Rock in the place of the Messiah? The “Rock” symbolizes protection and security from ancient times and up to the present. The earth’s crust is basically made up of rocks. It is composed of several minerals and elements (e.g. sulphur) that are necessary for the sustainability of all human, plant and animal life. Isaiah knew by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Eternal Rock, the One who can sustain eternal life. He is the everlasting source of protection and security on earth and in heaven. Rocks are so ordinary that most people take their importance for granted. Stones stay on earth for thousands of years, like Stonehenge, but humans do not. Most people walk upon the earth’s crust on a daily basis take it for granted.. But there is a place in which they will stay longer than they could ever think of, which they cannot ignore. That is a dwelling place of mankind with God where there are no more tears or sickness for those who believe in Jesus. And those who do not believe will take part in the lake which burns with fire and sulphur.

Trying to go to a place of eternal joy with our own efforts will not work. Even some priests or ministers that you may know may not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, no matter how good they thought they were. Matthew 5:20 reads: “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Who can possibly surpass the righteousness of the Law-keeping Pharisees? No man but One. Jesus is the only One who can surpass the righteousness of the Pharisees. The righteousness of the Only Begotten Son of God is all we need. Those who believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and follow Him can enter the Kingdom of God. We do not see Jesus with the naked eye while on earth, but He sent teachers who taught the truth, including the smallest details of God’s Law that Jesus already achieved. Jesus is the Only Rock, the Living Stone that can give eternal security, not our diamonds, gold, intelligence or fame, but the precious blood of Jesus when He died on the cross for everyone. This is why He is the Chief Cornerstone of Civilisation.



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